The Nobel Prize for Peace and US President Barack Obama wants to leave a tangible sign of his passage on the issue of climate change. In view of the United Nations Summit on the environment to be held in December in Paris, the tenant of the White House has announced that a new and ambitious plan for cutting down the emissions of harmful gases will be presented. The official signing will take place in a few hours, as Obama himself has declared in an official video posted on Facebook.
According to The New York Times, the plan – which represents the last piece of the last-year “Clean Power Plan” – provides for a cut of the emissions from 2005 levels by 2030. It is a measure that, together with the other planned, according to estimates could lead to the shutting down of hundreds of coal-fired power plants, while at the same time creating a surge in the production of clean energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar farms. The Plan has assigned to every US State a goal to be reached but left free hand on how to proceed. At the same time it asks the States to submit their preliminary plans by 2016 and the final ones by 2018.
“The climate – Obama has stressed – is changing in a way that strikes our economy, our safety, and our health. “And this is not an opinion, it is a fact”. “Climate change is not a problem for the next generation” “Not anymore” he continued. But the presidential battle for the sake of the environment does not find supporters neither among the republican opponents, who have already announced future legal actions against the closure of the coal-fired power stations, nor among some governors of single States who accuse the President of imposing new and heavy Federal expenditures on a local level. Yet, Obama does not plan to back off. “The biggest and most important step ever taken in the fight against climate change,” as he defined the Plan in a video posted on the Facebook page of the White House, cannot stop because “it is time for America and the world to act” for the good of the climate.
Translated by Ecaterina Severin